8 tips to find your perfect internship

It’s time for an internship, the final leg of your studies... but how can you find the one that’s right for you? That will let you flex your skills with confidence?

Here are 8 tips to find the perfect internship.

1. Have a Plan

Before jumping blindly into your search, ask yourself these questions:

  • What technical aspects, competencies or subjects would you like to explore during your internship?
  • Does your skillset match the internship’s requirements?
  • What are your objectives? Do you want to build a professional network?
  • What are you interested in?
  • What do you think you can bring to the table?
  • Do you want to be able to work part-time while pursuing your studies? If so, be sure to check that the employer is open to that.
  • Does the employer have post-internship job opportunities for you?

Introspection is a great way to prepare a game plan.

It will help you identify the companies most likely to want you.

2. Right Place, Right Time

When it comes to finding an internship, timing is everything.

Companies that offer summer internships tend to post their openings from January to March. However, some sectors (like actuarial teams) will start recruiting as early as the previous fall.

Keep your eyes peeled!

If you’re looking for a fall or winter internship, start searching 3-4 months ahead of time.

3. Update Your Resume and Social Media Profiles

A slick resume  and interesting cover letter are your best assets.

They must be perfect. Don’t skimp on the effort.

When writing them, focus on the objectives of the internship. It’s important for them to stand out, just like your skills!

A professional profile is a key component of any resume. Indicating the employment dates will give the recruiter a good idea of your experience.

Do you have very little or no professional experience? No problem! Replace it with your school or other activities like volunteering, entrepreneurship and interests. They are also great ways to sell yourself.

Put effort in your LinkedIn profile .

Curate your presence on social media so that you look as professional as possible.

4. Contact Employers Directly

When it comes to finding an internship, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Submit several applications and be proactive!

In light of the current labour shortage , employers are hiring on several platforms:

  • Corporate website
  • LinkedIn
  • Job sites
  • Career fairs
  • Events (cocktails, dinners, speed networking, etc.)

Go to all events, both formal and informal. Make your presence known.

In some sectors, the professional order can serve as a sort of matchmaker between interns and employers. Some orders have internship bulletin boards on their website. Check them out.

5. School Job Placement Service

Your university’s job placement service not only displays internship positions, it offers services like resume writing, interview preparation and personalized advice. Use them!

6. Personal Contacts

Ask your parents, friends, teachers and coworkers to help you with your search.

Reach out to friends on social media. There’s a good chance that someone will know of an opportunity that’s right for you.

Never underestimate a recommendation. Most of us have gotten a job because of a friend.

7. Learn About the Employer

Before submitting your resume and going on an interview, do your homework. Get to know the company. Check out their website and social media pages to find out about their management teams, history, values and highlights.

Adapt your presentation to the company you are applying at. Copy-pasting is not recommended because recruiters must feel like you are able to adapt to their situation. You will increase your credibility.

8. Follow Up

Finding the perfect internship takes effort, you can’t just sit back and wait. Be sure to follow up on your applications.

Are you afraid of rejection? Of course looking for an internship can be nerve-wracking. On the other hand, the more doors you knock on, the more likely you are to secure one. It’s the law of averages in this case. Don’t give up. Your perseverance will pay off.

What about Beneva?

We are always looking for talented individuals like you. Beneva offers a multitude of career development opportunities. Here you can be what you want to be.

Whether for a part-time job while studying or internship, join us.